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Robin El Kady


Research overview

Robin El Kady is a PhD Candidate in International Relations and an Associate Fellow at the Centre for Global Constitutionalism. His doctoral thesis investigates why and how international organizations use public communication, focusing on social media as a means to secure their authority. He is utilizing quantitative and qualitative data analyses to identify trends and patterns within the organizations' communication content, looking in particular at the United Nations and World Bank Group. 

Robin El Kady's research interests include the following:    

  • International organizations and public communication
  • Authority and legitimation in global governance 
  • International norm diffusion
  • Media's role in foreign politics 
  • Social media data analytics 

Robin El Kady holds two Master's from Harvard University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Tufts University). He received a Master's in 'Religion, Ethics, Politics' from Harvard and a Master's in 'International Relations' (with a focus on public international law and international negotiation / conflict resolution) from the Fletcher School. He did his undergraduate in 'European Media Studies' at University of Potsdam in Germany and at Columbia University in New York. 

El Kady has gained extensive research experience as an external researcher for the German Ministry of Defense, as a research assistant at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and as a research intern for the German Council on Foreign Relations (USA / Transatlantic Relations Division).

Robin El Kady has extensive professional experiences as a former intern for the United Nations Secretariat in New York, as a law teacher at the Oxford Royale Academy, as an academic tutor at the University of St Andrews and as a travel reporter as well as communication intern for several international film and media companies. 

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